His Imperial Highness Prince Tomohito of Mikasa passed away on 6 June 2012.
Prince and Princess Tomohito of Mikasa view an exhibit at the 34th Tokyo Motor Show 2000
(Photo: Japan Motor Industrial Federation)
Prince Tomohito of Mikasa and Princess Akiko watch a folkdance performance of Kirsehir Province at the Kaman Kalehoyuk camp, during the "tour of the heritage of Turkey."
(Photo: Imperial Household Agency)
Princess Tomohito of Mikasa attends the 5th International Roses and Gardening Show
(Photo: The Mainichi Newspapers Co.)
His Imperial Highness Prince Tomohito of Mikasa engages in a broad range of activities, including work in the fields of welfare for persons with disabilities, sports promotion, youth education and improving international friendly relations.
In particular, in addition to active work in giving guidance to the physically and intellectually disabled in living more independent lives through sports such as skiing, bowling, dancing and running, His Imperial Highness is actively involved in both educational and practical measures to enhance lives and promote the independence of the severely disabled and those with incurable illness, such as muscular dystrophy, to help build a social basis from which people with disabilities and people without disabilities can live together. To this end, His Imperial Highness often gives lectures and contributes articles to national newspapers and magazines, and has also authored seven books.
Her Imperial Highness Princess Tomohito of Mikasa, in addition to attending the Japanese Red Cross Society Regional Meetings as Honorary Vice-President, also participates in welfare activities through such organizations as the Tokyo Jikeikai, the International Women's Welfare Association, and the Welfare Group Hakuhokai. In addition, as Honorary President of the Japan Rose Society, Her Imperial Highness makes efforts to widen the appeal of roses domestically and internationally.
In December 1992 Their Imperial Highnesses visited the United States to support a newly established cancer ward in the New York Medical College and His Imperial Highness made a keynote address at a charity ball. In May 1994 Their Imperial Highnesses visited Hawaii and attended a charity dinner in Hawaii for the reconstruction of Kuakini Hospital.
In February 1994, Their Imperial Highnesses were invited by the Government of the Kingdom of Norway to visit the country and attend the Lillehammer Winter Olympics. Their Imperial Highnesses offered their encouragement to the Japanese athletes there.
In July 1994, Her Imperial Highness visited Australia to offer her support to the Sydney Royal Research Institute for those with Visual and Listening Disabilities, where His Imperial Highness Prince Katsura had served as Executive Committee Chairman. There she attended a charity ball, which Prince Tomohito had been planning for four years, organized through the volunteer spirit of the Japanese living in Australia.
In April 1998, Their Imperial Highnesses visited the Republic of Turkey to attend the opening ceremony of the Turkey-Japan Foundation Cultural Centre, in the establishment of which His Imperial Highness Prince Mikasa had been involved. That was their second visit following the visit to attend the celebrations of 100 years of relations between Japan and Turkey in 1990.
In June 1998, His Imperial Highness visited Australia for fundraising activities for a medical science foundation to commemorate the Australian Nobel Laureate for Chemistry, Dr. Howard Walter Florey, for which he planned a charity ball.
In December 1998, His Imperial Highness made his second visit to Thailand (the first being in 1970) to attend the 13th Asian Games in Bangkok in his capacity as Honorary President of the Nippon Billiards Association.
In April 2003, His Imperial Highness visited Norway accompanied by his daughter, Her Imperial Highness Princess Akiko. In Norway they attended the 40th Anniversary of Ridderrennet, World Cross Country Ski Championships for the Visually Disabled, accompanying Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway.
In July 2003, Her Imperial Highness visited Glasgow in the United Kingdom to attend the World Rose Convention in her capacity as Honorary President of the Japan Rose Society.
In January 2001, His Imperial Highness was involved in the establishment of the Fund-raising Committee for the Construction of a Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology at the Middle Eastern Culture Center in Japan. His Imperial Highness has taken part in domestic fundraising activities and in October 2002, June 2003 and October 2003 he personally planned and led three groups of benefactors, which totaled over 200 people, to Turkey on a tour of the heritage of Turkey.
In July 2004 His Imperial Highness Prince Tomohito of Mikasa visited the Republic of Turkey to attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology of the Middle Eastern Culture Center. His Imperial Highness returned to Turkey in September 2006 to attend the dedication ceremony for the Institute.
In May 2010, His Imperial Highness visited Turkey to attend the "Celebration Ceremony of the Japanese-Turkish Friendship for Japan Year 2010 in Turkey."
In July 2010, His Imperial Highness engaged in the planning for a "Visit to the Dedication Ceremony of the Museum of Archaeology Kaman Kalehoyuk, Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology," to coincide with the dedication ceremony for the aforementioned museum, which was accomplished as a result of the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology Construction Fund. His Imperial Highness implemented all arrangements himself and more than 100 donors visited Turkey on this occasion.
In July 1998, Her Imperial Highness Princess Akiko visited Turkey for the first time to view the remains of Kaman Kalehoyuk, arranged by the Middle Eastern Culture Center in Japan, of which Prince Mikasa serves as Honorary President. Princess Akiko visited many heritage sites on her visit to Turkey. In June 2003, Princess Akiko accompanied His Imperial Highness Prince Tomohito on the tour of the heritage of Turkey that His Imperial Highness had planned.
From October 2004 to January 2010, Her Imperial Highness Princess Akiko studied at Merton College, the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. She returned to Japan in January 2010 after passing an oral examination for her doctorate.
In July 2010, Her Imperial Highness Princess Akiko also joined the "Visit to the Dedication Ceremony of the Museum of Archaeology Kaman Kalehoyuk, Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology," which His Imperial Highness Prince Tomohito had planned.
In January 2011, Her Imperial Highness visited the Republic of Austria to attend the 19th INTERSKI Congress in St. Anton.
From 2009 to March 2012 Her Imperial Highness worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Kinugasa Research Organization of Ritsumeikan University. Since April 2012 she has been working as a Guest Associate Professor at the same organization and is also engaged in duties of Jisho-ji Temple Ginkakuji.
Her Imperial Highness Princess Yohko had been working at the Japanese Red Cross Society since December 2006 to November 2012.
Princess Akiko and Princess Yohko came of age in December 2001 and October 2003 respectively and attend official ceremonies at the Imperial Palace.